Assessing Concept Maps: First Impressions Count

Carvajal, Rodrigo and Cañas, Alberto J. (2006) Assessing Concept Maps: First Impressions Count. In: Concept Maps: Theory, Methodology, Technology. Proc. of the Second Int. Conference on Concept Mapping. Universidad de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica, pp. 28-31. ISBN 9977-15-149-0

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Concept maps have been used widely as an assessment tool in educational settings. We propose that experts have preconceptions of what good concept maps ‘look like’, and that even if they see a concept map for a short period of time and without the possibility of seeing its content, they will agree on the assessment of a concept map. We present a preliminary study, without any intention of statistical validity, on how expert and non-expert concept mappers perceive a concept map when its displayed for a short 5-second period of time, and how their first impression is affected by concept map features such as whether hand-drawn or computer- drawn, number of concepts, coloring, and layout. The results presented in this article will be used to design a more robust experiment.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Poster, CMC2006
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Depositing User: Mr. Ernest Prats
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2013 07:25
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2013 07:25

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